Christie's sales of Victorian & British Impressionist Art comprise a rich and colourful variety of themes and styles - from Pre-Raphaelitism and Neo-Classicism to genre painting, social realism and British Impressionism, with a particular emphasis on the Newlyn School. We hold regular sales in our London King Street and South Kensington salerooms. Victorian & British Impressionist Pictures are also offered in New York at our Old Master & 19th Century European Art sales.
As the recognized leader in the field for well over a decade, we have been entrusted with the sale of several important works in recent years. Our sale of The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures & Works of Art, the finest collection of Victorian art to appear at auction in the last 60 years, totaled just under £17 million ($27 million) and set a staggering 65 new world auction records. Christie’s also staged the highly successful sale of The Christopher Wood Collection which realized £1.361 million ($2.859 million).
In July 2013, Christie’s London sale realised £22,201,975 – the highest ever in this category. The top lot of the sale was Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones’ Love Among the Ruins, achieving a world record price of £14,845,875, making it the most expensive pre-Raphaelite painting ever sold at auction. . The auction set 10 world records, other tops lots included Sir John Everett Millais’ Sisters, which sold for £2,301,875 and Arthur Wardle’s A Fairy Tale “All Seemed to Sleep, The Timid Hare on Form,” which realised £337,875 . The market has recently shown increased strength and demand for Victorian and British pictures and we continue to see increased international bidding from across the globe.
In addition to our auctions, Christie's Private Sales allow one the flexibility and discretion to buy or sell works of art outside the auction framework. Our specialists work with buyers and sellers alike offering their experience, expertise and unique global reach to quickly identify either the work of art or the potential buyer.